New old house, ideas please...
Hi all, I haven't been on here for awhile-years, actually. Recently(6 months ago)started checking out the Old House forum and loved the pics, ideas and interest in preserving elements of the past from the regular and new members here.
We just bought an old house(probably 100 yrs)and plan to gut it extensively and maybe return some old charm to it. It was turned into 3 apartments in the 1950's and then reno'd again in the 70's where they removed all old trim and features so the space now is fairly charm-free. The only things worth keeping inside are some panelled doors which require much paint stripping and with any luck we can salvage the main floor hardwood. We might be able to salvage some windows too that you can see in the pic.
Where we need help: would like to turn the side of the house(in pic) into the front by putting in a period door(where the 2 bottom windows are) with side lights and transom and a porch that would run the length. The explanation for this is; the front actually faces back of house(once it faced railway tracks no longer there)and does not have a front door or any redeeming features since the owners demo'd it. So as you can see, this is not a restoration but a re-jigging. What do you think? I'd like some ideas to give it period details-we plan on shuttering windows-maybe putting a larger window on the left. So very excited!
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